We have always had first-aid kits at home and in our vehicles. Since we are stocking up for the possibility of not being able to get necessary items later, I had a good look at those first aid kits. Wow, were they severely lacking in what could be needed medical supplies in an emergency if we were not able to get medical help. That got me to thinking, what would be important to have, that is legal and available?
First, I checked out what were the most likely causes of death:
•Chronic lung diseases
•Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases)
•Accidents (unintentional injuries)
•Influenza and Pneumonia
•Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis, kidney disease
•Intentional self-harm (suicide)
“Death statistics in the United States In 1900,
Communicable diseases accounted for about 60 percent of all deaths. In 1900, heart disease and cancer were ranked number four and eight respectively. Since the 1940s, the majority of deaths in the United States have resulted from heart disease, cancer, and other degenerative diseases. And, by the late 1990s, degenerative diseases accounted for more than 60 percent of all deaths.
It should be noted, however, that lifestyle diseases have their onset later in an individual’s life and need a longer lifespan in order to become the cause of death. This suggests that the life expectancy at birth of 49.24 years in 1900 was too short for degenerative diseases to occur, compared to a life expectancy at birth of 77.8 years in 2004. Also, survivorship to the age of 50 was 58.5% in 1900, and 93.7% in 2007.”
Alright, that means that emergency medicine right now could be simply preventing it in the first place by living a healthy lifestyle. That would encompass the first four, heart disease, cancer, chronic lung and stroke. Eat healthy, exercise and don’t smoke (yes I know there are exceptions).
The next one is accidents, that is where the sutures for cuts, hemostats, splints for breaks and bandaging comes in. Thermometers, blood pressure cuffs, and such as you can afford it would be good. Did you know that honey, especially Manuka honey is an antibacterial dressing? You may want to research silver as a healing property as well, as it is said to have healing and purification properties. There are also some thoughts about septic wounds being exposed to real sea water as miraculous.
Perhaps you could put diabetes II and alzhiemers in the healthy lifestyle column as well. Regardless, those are not likely to be emergency deaths as they span years and death is from the complications.
Next on the list is something that could easily become an emergency and that is influenza and pneumonia. Knowing how to make an electrolyte solution to drink could come in handy:
HOMEMADE ELECTROLYTE DRINK4 cups water 1/2 tsp baking soda 3 Tbsp sugar or honey 1/2 tsp salt
It used to be that you could get veterinary antibiotics from the feed store or pet supply online but that has stopped now. Stockpiling antibiotics is not the answer because most decay in storage after 3 years and you can’t get them without a prescription anyway. They have been overused and the addition of low-dose antibiotics in our animal feed has made antibiotics less and less effective. Irritating to think about, because they are not used for the health of the animal but to make it grow faster. Makes one wonder why we have so many obese people and if there is a tie?!
Back in the 70′s, I had an older friend who went through the influenza epidemic at the early part of the 1900′s. She said she went to the doctor to get help for her parents who had come down with the flu long before there were antibiotics available. He told her, there was nothing he could do but to go home and feed them as many onions and garlic as she could. Her mother could not eat, but her father was served all manner of onion and garlic soup and survived. We know now that garlic and onions etc are antibacterial.
Other than homicide and suicide, I believe a study in herbal therapy, especially Chinese herbs would be a good direction to take with the remaining disorders. I also keep a supply of over the counter medications, rotating them according to the expiration date and I do this about the first of the year. I take the expired meds to a pharmacy to dispose of them properly. You can find out where they are accepted by putting in your zip code at www.disposemymeds.org.
So, if we find ourselves without the ability to get medical care and a life or death situation comes up, it seems logical to get the needed information and supplies NOW so that we can do what we can with what we have, then. Take a first aid course. Make sure you have medical emergency books available so you will be prepared in a life or death emergency.